San Diego Chargers’ Philip Rivers Claims To Be Fine, But Turnovers Say Otherwise
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had 47 turnovers over the last two seasons, trailing only New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez. According to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, Rivers said “The thing that’s gotten to me this offseason is, ‘Who’s going to fix Philip?’ That phrase, I almost laugh it off. That drives me nuts really.”
Rivers’ completion percentage has not been a problem as he ranked seventh over the last two seasons, but he has to cut down on his turnovers.
San Diego’s offensive line allowed 49 sacks in 2012, which ranked fourth in the NFL. One could point the finger at them for some of Rivers’ 22 turnovers in 2012. However, San Diego ranked third in fewest QB hits and eighth in fewest sacks allowed when Rivers had 25 turnovers in 2011.
Rivers’ 20 interceptions were tied for third with Washington Redskins QB Rex Grossman in 2011. Interceptions are not always on the QB, but a majority of them are the result of bad decisions more so than bad route running by teammates.
Mike McCoy is entering his first season as San Diego’s head coach, and Ken Whisenhunt will be the offensive coordinator. McCoy and Whisenhunt have combined for seven years of experience as offensive coordinators. Frank Reich is the quarterbacks coach and along with McCoy, there are six years of experience between them. The new faces and minds of McCoy, Reich and Whisenhunt could be the answers that Rivers needs to cut down on his turnovers.
San Diego’s front office also added former New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead in free agency. Woodhead averages about 11 yards per reception in his career, so Rivers can throw short passes to him, which should help to eliminate some of his turnovers.
Rivers ranked top-10 in TD passes over the last two seasons, and his QB rating ranked 11th in 2011 and 2012. There are still some flashes of greatness shown by him, but he has to cut down on his turnovers if San Diego is going to have a shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2009.